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Pipe Trades Training Center of Santa Clara and San Benito Counties
Contact: Carl Cimino, Training Director
Phone Number: (408) 453-6330
Location: San Jose

Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties Plumbers and Pipefitters JATC
Contact: Steve MacArthur, Training Director
Phone Number: (831) 633-6091
Location: Castroville

Plumbers, Pipefitters, & HVACR Fitter JATC
Contact: Stephan Schnell, Training Director
Phone Number: (650) 692-0442
Location: San Mateo


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Apprenticeship - Plumbing Technology 2020-2021

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The Associate in Science in Plumbing Technology degree program is conducted in partnership with the Pipe Trades Training Center apprenticeship program. The apprenticeship program is five years in duration, requiring a minimum of 9,000 hours of on-the-job training. After 5 years of classroom instruction and paid work experience, students are recognized as journeypersons within the Pipe Trades industry, working to protect the health and safety of the community by piping pure water to commercial and industrial buildings for drinking, cooking, washing, cleaning, manufacturing or personal use, and removing waste water after it has served its purpose. Labor market analysis indicates increased employment opportunities in the Pipe Trades through 2020. Students earning an associate degree increase their marketability and employment opportunities. Enrollment in apprenticeship courses is limited to apprentices registered with the California Division of Apprenticeships Standards, according to the California Labor Code, Section 3074.3.

The apprenticeship program, which includes coursework, lab work and on-the-job training, involves learning about the assessment, installation, maintenance, and repair of different types of pipe systems, effective and safe tool use, material applications, related mathematics and science and storage. Students will learn to read blueprints, apply layout and install, as well as estimate and repair both supply and waste water systems. The Associate in Science in Plumbing Technology degree builds on the Certificate of Achievement in Plumbing Technology by adding requirements for general education courses and electives.

Students are admitted to the Pipe Trades Training Center apprenticeship program based on obtaining a passing (75%) score on the Pipe Trades Entrance Exam, which measures the student's ability in math and mechanical reasoning. Students who pass the entrance exam are selected from an applicant waiting list, the order of which is established by the date the entrance exam was taken and the test score.

Program Learning Outcomes:

-In compliance with applicable standards and codes, students will demonstrate ability to install and remove plumbing systems such as drain waste and ventilation systems, systems for various industrial fluids, public or private water systems and gas piping systems.
-In compliance with applicable standards and codes, students will demonstrate ability to maintain, extend, and/or alter plumbing systems, including drain waste and ventilation systems, systems for various industrial fluids, public or private water systems and gas piping systems.

Career Opportunities:

Graduates will be prepared to work as a Foreman, General Foreman, Superintendent, Project Manager, Estimator, Detailer, Building Trades Inspector, Building Trades Instructor, and Union Business Agent/Business Manager in the energy, biopharmaceutical, healthcare, aerospace, construction, housing, water treatment, and food and beverage processing industries.

Units Required

  • Major: 48
  • Certificate(s): 48

Degree Requirements:

-English proficiency: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T, or equivalent.
-Mathematics proficiency: MATH 105, 180, or any MATH course approved for Foothill GE Area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking.
A minimum of 90 units is required* to include:
-Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
-Core courses (48 units)

*Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core courses used for the degree or certificate.

AS = Associate in Science Degree.
CA = Certificate of Achievement.

Core Courses (48 units)

APPT 129 Special Topics (2.5 units)
APPT 130 Review & Turnout (2.5 units)
APPT 131 P-101 Basic Plumbing Skills (5 units)
APPT 132 P-102 Applied & Related Theory (4.5 units)
APPT 133 P-201 Beginning Drawing & Design (4.5 units)
APPT 134A P-202A Rigging; Layout (2.5 units)
APPT 134B Industrial Safety (2.5 units)
APPT 135A P-301A Plumbing Fixtures (2.5 units)
APPT 135B P-301B Plumbing Codes (2.5 units)
APPT 136 P-302 Advanced Trade Math for Plumbers (4.5 units)
APPT 137A P-401A Water Systems (2.5 units)
APPT 137B P-401B Applied Welding (2.5 units)
APPT 138 P-402 Advanced Drawing & Blueprint Reading (4.5 units)
APPT 139A Process Piping (2.5 units)
APPT 139B Medical Gas Installations (2.5 units)

Note: Additionally, students who complete the core courses will satisfy Foothill GE Area II, English; Area III, Natural Sciences; and Area IV, Social & Behavioral Sciences.

Certificate Requirements

Certificate of Achievement in Plumbing Technology

Units: 48

The certificate of achievement is awarded upon completion of the core courses. General education courses are not required.

Currently offered at: San Jose.

Control Information:
2020-2021 | Status: Approved | Modified: 2020-04-27 13:47:47 | Dept Code: APPT

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Office: Building 1900, Room 1914C
Chris Allen, Division Dean
Phone: 650.949.7647
Phuong Tran, Sr. Program Coordinator
Phone: 650.949.7225